The good thing about Stockhausen is that he did it all. Not only was he further
ahead than anyone else, he was also better than anyone else. Aus den Sieben Tagen
is a big classic, yet rarely performed. âClassicalâ musicians despise it because a
huge part involves improvisation, and improvisers do not consider it because it is
âsignedâ music. What a regrettable mistake do all these people make. It is precisely
during these few days when Stockhausen composed this collection, that he had placed
the highest faith into musicians, and, through a metonymic extend, into humanity.
At this peak point, the last piece of the book states âPlay, you do not need me anymore,
everything you will do from now on will be right and good.â Yet, the mistake will not
be undone as âclassical musiciansâ are too anxious to be abandoned by the composer,
and improvisers cannot bear interference in their musical ideas.
Aus den Sieben Tagen is a collection of pieces to be improvised after the very concise
and apparently metaphysical instructions of the Master. But far from delivering us a
strange joke or an esoteric manifesto, Stockhausen explores in fifteen pieces the main
questions of composition, improvisation, art, its transmission and its origin, the
status of the artist, his way of life and thought, the stage, etc.
Le Car de Thon : In August 2006 a new music ensemble was born in Geneva, Switzerland:
the Car de Thon. But why should one build up a new ensemble when (too) many of them
already exist? First of all because the Car de Thon mixes the qualities of many different
ensembles, qualities of which the most significant is precisely the mixing itself.
Secondly the Car de Thon has a very specific approach to art in general, and to the
people receiving it in particular: the audience. This short article will try to give
a quick outline of the Car de Thonâs main interests and ideas, and demonstrate how
it has the nerves to call itself an âall audiences ensembleâ when we only play so-called
contemporary and experimental music and performing arts, which are for some reason
believed to be elitist.
August 3, 2011 Subject:
oh i loved this!
great to see the material crossing over the artificial constraints culture so often throws up around 'art' or 'music'.
i'm re-reading some of Stockhausen's texts for this and the follow up and am again finding much inspiration - bonus then to grab this atmospheric and enthusiastic performance. Cleanly recorded and reminding of Sun Ra and The Planet of the Apes soundtracks!
Listener's with the time to give some attention and perhaps already used to left-field soundscapes should have no trouble engaging with the material here.